With Portland electro pop/conceptual art project YACHT, the promotional literature that accompanies any new release is always almost as much fun as the music itself. In March, the duo released the new single “Dystopia (the Earth Is on Fire)”—a “let the motherfucker burn” chant-along, tellingly recorded in the disastrous early days of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, set to steady drumming and quivering square-wave synths—from their forthcoming DFA album Shangri-La. If steadily encroaching dystopia and Shangri-La sound like contradictory concepts, the single’s press release goes to some lengths to reconcile them within YACHT’s mysterious, all-inclusive ideological/aesthetic system: “On Shangri-La, YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed. Shangri-La argues that 'Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time'…YACHT believes that the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds.” And of course, they’re great fun live. With Light Asylum, Jeffrey Jerusalem. ERIC GRANDY

Thu., May 12, 8 p.m., 2011

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